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Preview: Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Written by: Katana Collins, Sean Murphy
Art by: Matteo Scalera

The Joker is dead, Bruce Wayne is behind bars…and Gotham City is just starting to redefine itself without Batman. As Harley Quinn struggles to adjust to her new life as the mother of Jack Napier’s twins, an elusive mastermind called the Producer seizes the moment to assemble a crew of villains-starting with the Starlet, a serial killer who murders Gotham’s golden age film stars in homage to their silver screen roles. When a recent, gruesome crime scene suggests a connection to The Joker, the GTO, and FBI agent Hector Quimby turn to Harley as the one person with information that could crack the case. With some help from Bruce, Harley agrees to investigate-but to protect her children and her city from a fatal final act, Harley must flirt with madness and confront her own past.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Fourteen

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Fourteen

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red has been an excellent example of where digital comics, and especially digital firsts, are going when it comes to comic publishers. An anthology series from DC Comics, each week has seen a new stand-alone chapter from a different creative team. They have varied in tone with both the story and the art. The DC Digital First series has shown off the creativity of comics and how much the teams bring to it. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Fourteen, “Fixer-Upper” is the latest chapter and an interesting one in many ways.

Written by Jordie Bellaire, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Fourteen has Harley Quinn following the Joker’s clues to an ending that’s unknown. Through her puzzle quest, she reflects upon her relationship. Unfortunately, the abusive relationship between Harley and the Joker has been a plot point all too often explored in this anthology series. But, that doesn’t mean the comic is bad in any way.

Instead, Bellaire gives us a really self-reflection. Harley goes through Joker’s motions exploring her relationship and history with him. Not only does she contemplate her position, she also reflects on why the Joker is drawn to her. This creates a very interesting read and by the comic’s end, a place of empowerment. The comic feels like a “journey” for Harley in the physical and emotional sense. We get her logic as she explores the whys of her dance with an abusive other. It’s all presented in an almost puzzle form as Harley unlocks what’s ahead of her in numerous ways.

Greg Smallwood handles the art duty with Becca Carey on lettering. There’s a horror aspect to the comic as she explores a rundown house and its surrounding areas. It’s also a rather fitting setting, a metaphor of her experiences with the abusive Joker. What’s also interesting is the focus on Harley. This isn’t a comic full of crazy action sequences. Instead we get tight panels with clear focusing on how the art reflects the narrative. A close-up of Harley’s face adds to her contemplation. The highlighting of a deranged letter reflecting on the Joker’s thoughts about his on-again off-again significant other. A dropped letter begins the process of Harley moving on with her life. Each panel is deliberate and thought out in its presentation.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Fourteen is an interesting entry in the anthology series. While the exploration of Harley’s relationship with the Joker is a little tiring, the details of this take stand out. It’s a digital comics that feels like every aspect has been really thought about in how it ties into and tells the story and Harley’s journey. It’s the type of story where you’d debate the details in English class. While it doesn’t tread new ground it’s also a solidly executed story.

Story: Jordie Bellaire Art: Greg Smallwood Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Has 4 New Digital Comics Including new Harley Quinn!

ComiXology has four new digital comics today from Yen Press, Harlequin, and DC Comics. You can get them all right now or check out the individual issues below!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #14

Written by Jordie Bellaire
Pencils Greg Smallwood
Inks Greg Smallwood
Colored by Greg Smallwood
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“Harley’s Six”
Harley has to assemble a crack squad of elite burglars for the heist of a lifetime… but when you ask Harley to put together a team, the results tend to be… unpredictable? Yeah, let’s go with unpredictable.

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #14

Goblin Slayer #52

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Noboru Kannatuki, Kousuke Kurose
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This series is rated Adults Only DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore Goblin Slayer’s party flees down the snowy mountain, pursued by a horde of berserk goblins. Goblin Slayer says he has a plan to deal with them, but will their few remaining weapons and spells last long enough for him to carry it out…? Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer at the same time as Japan!

Goblin Slayer #52

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #34

Written by Takahiro
Art by Strelka
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This series is rated Adults Only DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality Akame finally joins the battle! Will she be able to turn the tide? Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #34

Treacherous Longings

Written by Anne Mather
Art by Sachiyo
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Julia is an actress who abruptly departed from the silver screen, as well as society, ten years ago. Quinn, a reporter, tracks her down on an island in the Caribbean to negotiate her appearing onscreen for an interview. There is one thing he has not been able to forget since she disappeared all those years ago: the love the two had shared when they were young. As soon as he arrives on the island, he is shocked to see her with a child. But why did she disappear all those years ago? Julia reveals the child she’s with is her son and that she left to start a new life with someone else…

Treacherous Longings

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Preview: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Thirteen

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #13

Written by Patrick Schumacker
Pencils Eleonora Carlini
Inks Eleonora Carlini
Colored by Eleonora Carlini
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“Red Ink”
Harley finally gets her shot at sitting on the board of the Legion of Doom – but corporate evil-doing isn’t exactly what she expected, and neither is her new boss, Lex Luthor! Written by the co-showrunner of the hit DC Universe HARLEY QUINN animated series!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #13

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Thirteen

HARLEY QUINN: BLACK + WHITE + RED CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Just when you think that this series can’t get any better, this chapter drops. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Thirteen is one of the funniest comics I’ve read in a long time. I actually laughed out loud. Multiple times. For those who don’t know. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is a DC Digital First anthology series. Each chapter sees a new creative team and new story. These are generally stand-alone tales with only a couple referencing other series. Through it all, we’ve seen how much the writers and artists bring to the story with so many different takes on Harley Quinn in both the narrative and the visuals.

Patrick Schumacker is the Executive Producer and a writer for the Harley Quinn animated series and he brings his talents to the digital page with this chapter. The story has Harley being recruited by the Legion of Doom and doing what she can to impress her potential new boss, Lex Luthor. What follows is a smart, humorous, touching story that’s more about “Q rating” than villainy. The Legion of Doom is plagued by leaked emails, henchmen strikes, and public perception. And with all of the references within, there’s still moments that are sweet and cute.

Schumacker adds some heart as Harley bonds with Bane who provides her with advice about her potential new job. The scene is one of subtle visual jokes but some tenderness as well. Within the villainous group there’s “decent” people it would appear and some justification of the job (dental!).

Eleonora Carlini provides the art with Tom Napolitano‘s lettering. The style is an interesting one reminding me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on it. There’s a kinetic energy about the style though. Even though much of the comic takes place around a boardroom table, there’s something that pops. The style really emphasizes Schumacker’s jokes. Napolitano’s lettering is so important as well as there’s a bit of dialogue to deliver the punchlines but at no point does it feel overwhelming.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Thirteen delivers rapid-fire jokes. There’s just so much there for so many people. Jokes cover everything from Michael Cohen to leaked emails to the NFL to the Joker’s former tattoos. Every bit of dialogue is packed with a set up and delivery of a punchline. This is hands down my favorite chapter of the anthology series so far. It got me to laugh and keep laughing throughout with a style that departs what has come before and delivering smart, joke-filled commentary.

Story: Patrick Schumacker Art: Eleonora Carlini Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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New Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Highlights Six New Digital Comics Out Today

There’s six new digital comics out on comiXology today including the newest chapter of the DC Digital First comic, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. Check out all of the comics here or see what DC, Yen Press, and Harlequin have for you below!

Black Butler #168

Written by Yana Toboso
Art by Yana Toboso
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Can Mey-Rin and Ran-Mao manage to turn the tables on the ruthless Jane…? Read the next chapter of Black Butler at the same time as Japan!

Black Butler #168

Dead Mount Death Play #54

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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Habaki is reunited with his daughter, but she seems a bit different than he remembers… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #54

The Marriage Merger

Written by Liz Fielding
Art by Mao Karino
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While the Farraday and Claibourne families are fighting over management rights to their co-owned C&F department stores, gorgeous international lawyer Bram Farraday is sent to shadow Flora, the second daughter of the Claibourne family, on her trip to a southern paradise.

With Bram’s undeniable charm, Flora can’t help but compare him to her ex-boyfriend. Which is why she tries to convince herself not to fall for his kindness. Despite his flashy appearance, his gentlemanly manner and honesty begin to draw Flora in.

The Marriage Merger

His Live-In Mistress

Written by Maggie Cox
Art by Motoko Mori
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After losing her job, Liadan finds work as a housekeeper for Adrian, a famous novelist. As the days go by, he remains cold and arrogant toward her. Soon Liadan learns about Adrian’s sad past: he had lost his fiancée in an accident. Liadan is attracted to Adrian, but she doesn’t know how to break through his frozen exterior. But when she suffers an accident herself, she realizes that Adrian’s kiss might be just what she needs to heal…

His Live-In Mistress

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #13

Written by Patrick Schumacker
Pencils Eleonora Carlini
Inks Eleonora Carlini
Colored by Eleonora Carlini
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“Red Ink”
Harley finally gets her shot at sitting on the board of the Legion of Doom – but corporate evil-doing isn’t exactly what she expected, and neither is her new boss, Lex Luthor! Written by the co-showrunner of the hit DC Universe HARLEY QUINN animated series!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #13

The Royal Tutor #95

Written by Higasa Akai
Art by Higasa Akai
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Just when Professor Heine thinks he finally has a chance to relax after the recent spate of trouble, Prince Leonhard bursts in with some big news concerning the eldest prince! Read the next chapter of The Royal Tutor the same day as Japan!

The Royal Tutor #95

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Preview: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Twelve

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) Twelve

Written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Pencils Chad Hardin
Colored by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
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“Harley Quinn & The Annihilators”
Harley gets it in her head to transform her Gang of Harleys into a full-fledged cape-wearin’ rooftop-jumpin’ superhero team… and it goes exactly as well as you could expect. It’s a reunion of the bestselling creative team that redefined Harley Quinn: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #12

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Twelve

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Twelve

Each week I get to look forward to Fridays know that it’s a new chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. For those who have read or watched my previous reviews regarding Harley Quinn comics will know I’m not the biggest fan of the character. Like a certain slapstick-ish character from another publisher it’s just a character that hasn’t clicked for me (though I love the classic animated version). Each week though, I’ve come to appreciate Harley and her world a bit more. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Twelve delivers yet another new take on the character and again impresses me how much you can do with her and it still all feels like the same character.

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti take the writing reigns for Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Twelve bringing together Harley and her Gang of Harleys and transforming them into a full-fledged superhero team. I have no doubt this is a chapter where so much has gone over my head as I haven’t read much of Conner and Palmiotti’s Harley stories. But, even with me probably missing a lot, the chapter is a lot of fun and again something different.

The comic is really split into two parts. The first half concerns the formation of the team while the latter is all about their first adventure. Both are full of laughs with references for everyone. There’s jabs at the superheroes to the 90s and costumes in general. If you don’t enjoy that there’s small visual jokes placed all over. It’s a comic that definitely leans in the more “Looney Tunes” aspect of the character and begs you to linger a bit to really soak in all of the jokes. The comic packs a lot in and if you like that more whacky take on the character, you’ll love this issue.

And that’s part of why I really like this anthology entry. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Twelve is yet another complete departure from what we’ve seen before. Conner and Palmiotti dive into the familiar territory that I know of their Harley Quinn work. It’s just that madcap energy that’s full of enthusiasm and bleeding with positive fun. You know Harley’s well-meaning decision is going to spiral and to see where it goes is part of the adventure. How off the rails can the team take it?

Conner and Palmiotti are joined by Chad Hardin on art. Enrica Eren Angiolini provides the colors while Dave Sharpe handles the lettering. The art matches the enthusiasm of Harley. There’s a kinetic aspect of it all with each segment just popping with humor and fun. Hardin and the team add so much detail that I found myself catching jokes I initially missed in my first read. This is a comic where you’re challenged to pay attention to the visuals along with the dialogue. You don’t want to miss half the laughs. Harley sports a familiar superhero outfit while the rest of the team each have the laughs built into their displays. There’s a lot of thought going in to what can be made fun of with the designs and where can it be taken for the humor. But beyond the characters, the background too is full of small details that’ll make you look and chuckle.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Twelve is a fun issue bringing the classic Harley writing duo into the anthology fold. I feel like a broken record saying it but this DC Digital First series is so refreshing for so many reasons. The fact we get a different Harley each week adds to the fun of the read. The fact we’re able to get so many different Harley Quinns and they all work shows how flexible the character is. Also, this series highlights how much the creative team really brings to our reading experience. That’s a “no duh” but there’s something to see how different, yet at times similar, takes so close together. These aren’t continued story-arcs, they’re one and done stories we can enjoy. For those that enjoy the more madcap looney take on Harley, this a must get.

Story: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti Art: Chad Hardin
Color: Enrica Eren Angiolini Letter: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Written by Simon Spurrier
Pencils Otto Schmidt
Inks Otto Schmidt
Colored by Otto Schmidt
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“Hypothetically Speaking”
It’s simple: kill the Batman. And the Flash. And Wonder Woman. And Superman. At least, hypothetically. And hypotheticals are all Harley Quinn’s got as she regales a bar full of Gotham’s scummiest scumbags on how she would take down the Justice League, but her solutions are anything but simple…

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

DC ComicsDC Digital First program has a standout already with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. With each chapter, the digital comic series has delivered a new and interesting take on Harley Quinn. With different creators with each chapter we get a different version each week showing the flexibility in this iconic character. While some releases have retreaded similar themes or concepts, each chapter has delivered something different and new. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven is an interesting release. It’s the second chapter that has evoked the classic Batman: The Animated Series in its tone and spirit.

Written by Simon Spurrier, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven has Harley giving her advice on how she’d beat a handful of superheroes to a crowd of minions at a bar. It’s a story that’d fit perfectly in a standalone episode of the animated series and there are echoes of the beloved and classic “Almost Got ‘Im” episode.

What’s fun about these types tales is they engage the reader. Harley’s recounting of how she’d defeat so many heroes plays into our fantasy conversations of who would win in a fight. It gets us to ponder how we might defeat these heroes ourselves. There’s also something fun because with each of Harley’s suggestions, we’re left wondering why someone hasn’t done exactly that, as if these are ideas that’d work guaranteed. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven delivers on the conversations so many of us comic fans have had. Also, beyond one or two of Harley’s examples, these aren’t plans to kill the heroes. Each suggestion is grounded in some way recognizing the mythic nature of her prey and the reality that true long term defeat just might not be possible.

The art by Otto Schmidt is fantastic. Schmidt mixes a gritty noir style with that of Batman: The Animated Series. There’s an exaggerated nature to Harley’s stories bringing a comedic flair to them. That’s reflected by the reality of where she is and who’s she with, thugs in a run down bar. Schmidt’s art is great going back and forth between the two and taking what could easily be a very dark story and giving it a bit of levity. The page layouts also stand out breaking from traditional panels to layer them in interesting ways and layer them on engaging backgrounds.

The lettering by Gabriela Downie stands out as well. With Schmidt’s interesting page layouts, the speech bubbles often shatter their expected placement. The bubbles at times look like they’re cut out and “taped” onto scenes shaking the layouts up even further. The two combine for unique visuals and a fun flow that matches Spurrier’s story. The style creates a flow and pace that matches Spurrier’s beats but also adds a little madness to Harley’s ideas.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven is fantastic and one of my favorite entries in the anthology series. It mixes humor with a bit of darkness. And, while it goes in directions that are expected and familiar, it does so with so much glee and fun it’s hard to not enjoy the ride. It’s an entry that honors Harley’s roots while also delivering another special take on the character.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Gabriela Downie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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